Steve moved to Austin in 1994, performing at Hole in the Wall and around the coffee house circuit and releasing a series of homemade cassettes. A spur-of-the-moment collaboration with some friends at a Hole in the Wall show led to the formation of the Lambs, in which he played acoustic and electric guitars and sang. Songs ranged from jangly pop spiked with vitriol to spooky ten-minute opuses and video-game allegories.
When the rest of the band went their separate ways, a few members stayed together, trading instruments and adding a new bassist, while Steve began playing electric guitar exclusively. The band performed on KVRX's "Local Live" show without a name, but settled on hurt a fly soon afterward. The music became more angular, yet more atmospheric, the instrumentation more complex and experimental. The result was dark post-punk with overtones of jazz, prog and math rock. Lyrically, a certain loss of naiveté was evident, but the intensity and honesty remained. After an exhausting period spent recording Your Position Relative to a Collapsing Galaxy, the group disbanded.
Since then Steve has reestablished himself as a performer on his own. His current solo work contains currents of his past projects and early influences. If you wanted to describe it like a bad music critic, you might use phrases like "the bastard son of Ian MacKaye and Lou Barlow," "Phil Ochs on acid," "Alex Lifeson's secret bedroom tapes," or "a pinko Portastatic." A better description might be intensely personal acoustic post-punk, featuring jazz chords, engaging melodies and punk dissonance in complex, prog-influenced arrangements.
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